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Other Leaves: Illinois

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Stacey Smiricky, Lindsey M. Hogan and Taylor L. Haran, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Illinois. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Illinois employers may be required to provide family military leave, pregnancy leave and accommodation, and kin care leave under state law. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Under the Family Bereavement Leave Act, a covered employer must provide an eligible employee with up to two weeks of unpaid bereavement leave for the death of a covered family member or a loss related to pregnancy, adoption, surrogacy, or fertility. See Family Bereavement Leave.
  • The School Visitation Rights Act requires an employer to allow employees to take time off to attend their children's school conferences and meetings. See School Visitation Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide paid leave for employees to donate blood under the Employee Blood Donation Leave Act. See Blood Donor Leave.
  • The Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act allows an employee to take unpaid leave for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual violence, gender violence or any other crime of violence. See Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Leave.
  • An employee is entitled to take leave to serve jury duty. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An employer may not take unlawful actions against employees who witness a crime. See Witness Leave.
  • An employer must give employees time off to vote during certain elections. See Voting Leave.
  • Illinois law provides leave and reinstatement rights to military servicemembers. See Military Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate a volunteer emergency worker who is late for or absent from work due to an emergency call. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • Illinois does not require employers to provide leave for organ or bone marrow donation, but an employer that voluntarily provides a paid leave of absence for organ or bone marrow donation is eligible for an income tax credit. See Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Leave Tax Credit.
  • Localities including Chicago and Cook County have requirements pertaining to paid sick leave. See Local Requirements.